A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.Education
Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.
Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.
Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.
Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.
Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.Advancement
With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.
Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.
Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Lead Business Analyst||HSBC Bank USA, N.A.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 06, 2016||$168,963|
|Senior Lead Business Analyst||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||Jersey City, NJ||Jan 29, 2016||$165,000|
|Senior Lead Business Analyst||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Feb 11, 2015||$160,000|
|Lead Business Analyst||MUFG Union Bank, N.A.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 11, 2015||$155,000|
|Lead Business Analyst||GFT USA Consulting LLC||New York, NY||Jun 01, 2016||$150,000 -
|Lead Business Analyst||GFT USA Consulting LLC (Formerly Rule Financial)||New York, NY||Oct 22, 2015||$150,000 -
|Lead Business Analyst||GFT USA Consulting LLC||New York, NY||Aug 26, 2015||$150,000 -
|Lead Business Analyst||Cognilytics, Inc.||Milpitas, CA||Mar 10, 2016||$145,662|
|Lead Business Analyst||KSN Technologies, Inc.||Hoffman Estates, IL||Jul 09, 2016||$140,000|
|Lead Business Analyst, Technical Operations Systems||Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc.||Novato, CA||May 07, 2016||$140,000|
|Senior Lead Business Analyst||HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 21, 2015||$140,000|
|Vice President, Lead Business Analyst||Jpmorgan Chase and Co.||New York, NY||Oct 28, 2016||$138,500|
|Lead Business Analyst||Blue Shield of California||San Francisco, CA||Aug 15, 2016||$135,387|
|Lead Business Analyst||EPAM Systems, Inc.||McLean, VA||Aug 31, 2015||$110,000 -
|Associate-Lead Business Analyst||Nomura America Services, LLC||New York, NY||Sep 23, 2016||$110,000 -
|Lead Business Analyst||Virtusa Corporation||Troy, NY||Aug 22, 2016||$110,000|
|Lead Consultant/Business Analyst||Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc. (Legacy Kanbay)||Schaumburg, IL||Jan 21, 2016||$109,243|
|Lead Business Analyst||Hcentive, Inc.||Reston, VA||Sep 15, 2015||$109,000|
|Lead Business Analyst||Netcracker Technology Corporation||Overland Park, KS||Aug 26, 2016||$108,419|
|Lead Consultant/Business Analyst||Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc.||Atlanta, GA||May 06, 2015||$91,312|
|Lead Consultant/Business Analyst||Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc.||Mettawa, IL||Jul 26, 2015||$90,376|
|Lead Consultant/Business Analyst||Capgemini Financial Services USA Inc.||Minneapolis, MN||May 10, 2015||$90,334|
|Lead Business Analyst/Pega Prpc||Genisys Technologies, Inc.||Plymouth, MN||Apr 03, 2015||$90,000|
|Lead Business Analyst||Photon Infotech, Inc.||Montvale, NJ||Feb 20, 2015||$90,000|
|Lead Business Analyst||Incessant Technologies, Na Inc.||Fairfield, NJ||Sep 15, 2015||$90,000|
|Lead Business Analyst||Hcentive, Inc.||Reston, VA||Sep 17, 2015||$90,000|
|Lead-Business Analyst||Synechron, Inc.||Charlotte, NC||Nov 25, 2016||$90,000|
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